Eleanor & Park
4.5 / 5
Oh, Eleanor & Park, you stole my heart! Of course, this Young Adult book is a romance, but the underlying themes of acceptance and belonging make Eleanor & Park so much more than a teenage fling.
It’s hard starting out at a new school, let alone high school. And then there is the dreaded bus. Eleanor gets on and, of course, no one gives up their seat they claimed like eons ago. Standing awkwardly in the aisle, she notices a boy with bangs hanging in his eyes. He slides over. Park doesn’t know why he did it, all his friends he knew since middle school were making fun of the strangely dressed new girl, but he moved over.
Bonding over comics and great music, Eleanor & Park find common ground with each other. While others are cruel and unkind, they find acceptance in each other, although it’s hard for them to believe it at times. At sixteen, Eleanor has had it rough at home and can’t believe that somebody would truly see her as someone of worth. Park is trying to live up to his parents’ high standards.
Rainbow Rowell does a super job of contrasting these two teens, as well as their families. And when she allows them to fall in love – it becomes beautiful and fearful, but ever hopeful.
I loved being back in the ‘80s with Eleanor & Park, the making of mixed tapes, walkmans, the great music, but being in high school, not so much.
I read this one (actually listened to the audiobook) for the #unabridgedpodbuddyread and we are having great discussions.
💥 Do you have a favorite comic book character? I love Batman!